Samsung Omnia 2 review

Samsung's flagship Windows Mobile 6.5 phone hits the shelves

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If there's one area the Omnia 2 doesn't seem as good as the Omnia, it's battery life.

Most people with an Exchange server will want their phone constantly connected to make sure they don't miss a calendar update or an email, and with this mode enabled, plus a very moderate amount of browsing, a few phone calls and the odd text, the Omnia 2 never lasted more than 24 hours.

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You'll see more use from the phone if you restrict Exchange connectivity to a few hours a day, for instance, but our tests didn't include long bursts of watching YouTube on a daily commute, for instance, which we suspect would limit the Omnia 2's battery even further.

It's one area in which that big, bright screen looks to be more a curse than a blessing.

Organiser

The Omnia's calendar functions are top-notch, thanks to Windows Mobile. The integration with Exchange means getting your dates on there is simple. Alternatively, Windows Mobile Device Centre beckons, allowing you to connect via a USB cable.

Connectivity

The Omnia 2 presents a few options for browsing the internet. Despite the inclusion of Internet Explorer, the default browser is Opera Mobile. Browsing is fast thanks to the Omnia II's 3G radio, and the browser, with a few caveats, works well.

For instance, you get tools such as a function to remember your passwords, and the Omnia II has an accelerometer that allows you to flip it on its side for landscape browsing. Compatibility with Flash is another plus, particularly as it means you can watch YouTube.com without needing a bespoke application.

Pseudo tabbed browsing is also useful, although it's more akin to using multiple windows for multiple websites.

It's not perfect, though. The accelerometer isn't flawlessly reliable - occasionally it would refuse to shift the screen. We also struggled with launch times during our testing: overall Opera launched fairly swiftly, if not as snappily as Safari launches on the iPhone.

However, every now and then we'd encounter a long delay as the Omnia II attempted to free up sufficient resources for the browser to run. The touchscreen also proved an occasional problem - although it's generally accurate we sometimes struggled to get the Omnia to recognise a tap on the screen and to load a link.

Other

Physically, the Omnia II is mixed. It looks the business - the big, bright screen looks spectacular even if it's not the most refined in the world, and the three buttons on the front mean there's no wasted space.

Unfortunately, the Omnia II's build quality earns it a few scathing words. The plastic cover, which protects the battery and SIM slot, feels incredibly thin and flexed easily under pressure. The buttons on the front also feel a bit hollow.

Compared to phones like the iPhone or the HTC Hero the Omnia II feels a little cheap - another disappointment on an otherwise decent phone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyOMNIA II
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time12 Hour
Product Modeli8000 Omnia II
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)129 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height118 mm
Width59.6 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesII
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameOMNIA II I8000 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineOMNIA
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberI8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Bigger, bolder and better, the Omnia II picks up where its predecessor left off. The oversize AMOLED Display isn't the only thing that screams "more," the Omnia II. packs more features like the simple touch-optimized user interface and more fun than you ever thought possible, making your entire mobile experience oversize. It's all that you want and more than you need. In the palm of your hand.

Standard Memory256 MB